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Definition:

  1. [noun] the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment

  2. [noun] the number of shares outstanding and available for trading by the public

  3. [noun] a drink with ice cream floating in it
    Synonyms: ice-cream soda, ice-cream

  4. [noun] an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade

  5. [noun] a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
    Synonyms: plasterer's

  6. [noun] something that remains on the surface of a liquid

  7. [verb] be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
    Synonyms: drift, be adrift, blow

  8. [verb] be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink
    Synonyms: swim

  9. [verb] set afloat; "He floated the logs down the river"; "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

  10. [verb] circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform"

  11. [verb] move lightly, as if suspended; "The dancer floated across the stage"

  12. [verb] put into the water; "float a ship"

  13. [verb] make the surface of level or smooth; "float the plaster"

  14. [verb] allow (currencies) to fluctuate; "The government floated the ruble for a few months"

  15. [verb] convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation; "float data"

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